This is my first warm season knitting. After finishing 3 summer tops, and with considerable wearing, I think I can draw some conclusions for future reference.
Cabled Vest: I like knitting and wearing cable patterns ... they are beautiful and fascinating. However, I think I would not knit another light-coloured summer cotton top in cable pattern again. Because of the nature of the pattern, the cables would get dirty easily. And if it is in light colour, I just feel that the dirt won't go away ... or it comes back quickly. And of course, my being a bit careless and sloppy just helps to aggravate this! The yarn is also the heaviest amongst the three I have used so far. After washing, there seems to be a tiny bit of stretch width-wise.
faye: This one is beautiful in its simple pattern and the yarn is of good quality. I thought it had to be hand-washed but I just found out it is machine washable. This should make life easier! The vest stays in good shape after (hand) washed. Yet, something I learned from faye is that I would not knit another buttoned-front summer vest, especially a well-fitted one. At first I thought it was my knitting skills, but later I saw more pictures of cardigans and concluded that hand-knitted cardigans are like that. What I mean is the spaces between the buttons! Honestly, I won't just wear a bra under faye ... not that there are a lot of people trying to look inside ... it's just I don't feel comfortable. So, I have to wear another small vest or a camisole inside. The real scorching hot season is arriving and this means really hot. Therefore, sorry, no more buttoned-front vest!
Tivoli T-shirt: This one is the most comfortable amongst the three ... the yarn and the style both contribute to the ease and comfort of wearing. Cotton-Ease feels thick when knitted up but it won't make you feel hot. It's also a plus when it is machine washable and dryable. The neckline looks good but if I am going to make another one, I would make it narrower. Now I start to understand the structure of the pattern, I know how to do it! I just need to cast on fewer stitches and that would give me a smaller neckline! Easy!
After finishing Tivoli, I have been busy finishing up Mystery Kit #4. It was fun working on something you had no idea what it was. I am thinking of how to post on it to avoid being a spoiler to other kit-owners. For the time being, have a wonderful and safe Fourth of July everyone.